Agenda for the previous 2019 Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi below:

  • 08.45 Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09.15 Introduction from INTERACT and Forum Moderator

    Sally Corander, Managing Director, INTERACT
    Moderator: Chris McHardy, Sports Presenter, Arabian Radio Network (ARN)

  • 09.25 Welcome to Delegates

    H.E. Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, President, Khalifa University

  • 09.30 Opening Panel Discussion
    Harnessing the Power of Sport to Tackle Inactivity and Increase Community Engagement

    Our opening panel explores community engagement and increasing physical activity from a number of different angles.

    •   H.E. Dr. Arif Al Hammadi will provide multiple perspectives as an educator, a chief executive and a sports enthusiast. Dr. Arif will discuss his work in engaging the student community to get active and how he prioritises fitness and sport in his own life
    •   H.E. Sultan Al Dhaheri will share how DCD plans to promote an active lifestyle for all communities and how DCD will support government and the private sector to achieve it
    •   Khaled Al Qubaisi will present facts, figures and inspiring stories from the Sports Council’s community activities

    H.E. Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, President, Khalifa University
    H.E. Sultan Al Dhaheri, Executive Director – Community Engagement & Sport, Department of Community Development
    Khalid Al Qubaisi, Community Sports Section Head, Abu Dhabi Sports Council

  • 10.05 Video from Partner: Flash Entertainment

  • 10.10 International Keynote
    Integrating Grassroots and Community Sport with International Sporting Events

    •   Which opportunities do international sporting spectacles provide for the community to be inspired and get active?
    •   How do we harness the power of sport to improve a community’s health and well-being?
    •   What is our role and responsibility?

    Jin Teik OON, former CEO, Singapore Sports Hub

  • 10.30 Panel Discussion
    Community as an Integral Part of Major Sport Events in Abu Dhabi

    Representatives from UAE sport will join Jin Teik OON on stage to discuss how Abu Dhabi has placed sport at the centre of its strategy to elevate the health and well-being of communities.

    •  Developing and expanding community participation in major sports events
    •  The important role of brands in helping to ensure better lives for all
    •  Using major events to get people active and improve health

    Jin Teik OON, former CEO, Singapore Sports Hub
    Chris Haber, General Manager UAE, Worldsport
    Saif Omar Thabet, Senior Coordinator, Abu Dhabi Sports Council

  • 11.00 Video from Partner: Wicked


  • 11.05 Speed Networking Session

    A quick fire speed networking session to ensure you meet as many people in the room as possible in 10 mins. Bring plenty of business cards!

  • 11.15 Refreshment Break and Networking

  • 11.40 Exclusive Tour
    Visit to the KU-Strata Lab

    The KU-Strata Carbon Bicycles Project is a joint project between Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Strata to develop state-of-the-art bicycle frames. The project uses aged aerospace carbon prepregs to manufacture carbon tubes for bicycles. Join Sanjeev Rao as he provides an exclusive tour of the lab and its work.

    Tour led by:
    Sanjeev Rao, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering / ARIC, Khalifa University

  • 12.05 Video from Partner: Musco Lighting


  • 12.10 Featured Panel
    After the Special Olympics: Inclusive Sport & Health – No Person Left Behind

    An amazing Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 proved that sport is a powerful tool for inclusion and change. Its Unified Sports program brought together athletes, VIPs, celebrities and sponsors to play sport. The Healthy Athletes program trained healthcare professionals to treat people with intellectual disabilities. And the Volunteers program gave all of us the chance to contribute.

    This panel explores how Abu Dhabi can use the positive experience of the Games to make sport for all, by including previously neglected segments of society. Now the real work starts!

    Dr. Omniyat Al Hajri, Director Public Health, Department of Health
    Tala Al Ramahi, Chief Strategy Officer, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, and Board Member, Special Olympics UAE
    Heidi Alaskary, Acting Deputy Planning and Development, General Sports Authority, and Acting CEO, Special Olympics Saudi Arabia

  • 12.40 Roundtable Discussion
    Defining Community Sport

    This is a rare opportunity to contribute to Abu Dhabi policy. Help to redefine what community sports means to Abu Dhabi.

    The audience will be split into separate roundtables to tackle the same subject, using the below points as a starting point for discussion. Each roundtable is tasked with identifying five priorities for the improvement of community sports.

    The recommendations will be shared with the Department of Community Development and Abu Dhabi Sports Council leadership teams.

    • How do you think sport should benefit the community?
    • Which objectives should community sport events, programs and activities meet?
    • Where can the sport offering for the community be improved and increased?
    • How should school sports be further developed as the base for grassroots?
    • Where and how should the government invest?

  • 13.20 Feedback Presentations from Moderators on Roundtables

  • 13.30 Closing Remarks from Moderator and PRIZE DRAW!

  • 13.40 Lunch and Networking 

  • 15.00 End of 2019 Forum

The next Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi will take place on
Tuesday 14 April 2020.

We hope you can join us!